Owner of Biological Resource Center: I've done nothing wrongPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- The owner of the Biological Resource Center under state and federal investigation tells 3TV he hasn’t done anything wrong and is worried for his family and business.
Stephen Gore released this statement on BRC's website Friday evening.
Investigators from the FBI and Attorney General’s Office have spent the past few days removing potential evidence from the business on 24th Street. Agents could be seen removing what appeared to be body bags and boxes of documents.
BRC President Stephen Gore says agents questioned him for three hours and tells 3TV he has nothing to hide.
While agents have not confirmed the reason for the investigation, sources say the case is linked to a probe in Detroit focused on the illegal sale and trafficking of body parts.
Gore says the insinuation that his company sold body parts on the black market is "ridiculous."
He said his business has 150 clients, mostly universities that use the body parts for medical training.
"I never did anything intentionally to break the law or put my family in jeopardy," Gore said.
A spokeswoman from the Attorney General's Office tells 3TV agents will likely remain on property through Saturday. Staffers will also be on hand this weekend to answer phone calls into the hotline set up: 602.542.8888.
Agents have received 225 calls and returned 216 of them. A spokesman says if you have called but haven't heard back, please call again and leave another message. Some of the messages were unintelligible.
In another twist, court documents show BRC President Stephen Gore was involved in a past investigation by Phoenix Police involving the 1996 mutilation case of Dominic Marion. Marion, who had a history of cardiac problems, died at age 58 at Columbia Medical Center.
Marion’s family donated his eyes to Donor Network of Arizona. However, once his body arrived at the funeral home, it was discovered his genitals had been removed as well.
The case was never solved and no suspects ever named. Gore was interviewed since he recovered Marion’s eyes as a then-employee of the Donor Network of Arizona.
While the criminal case is still pending, Marion’s family filed a lawsuit in the late '90s against Columbia Medical Center, Donor Network of Arizona and Heritage Funeral Chapel.
Following a jury trial, the hospital was found responsible and the family awarded $2 million.
The case, however, was appealed, and the Marion family decided to dismiss instead of moving forward with another trial.
The Donor Network of Arizona denied any responsibility of wrongdoing and was never found at fault.
3TV spoke to widow Ann Marion, who said she does not believe either Stephen Gore or the Donor Network of Arizona was responsible in any way.